There are plenty of options out there to create weekly / monthly email newsletters, or automated drip campaigns. Instead of trying to persuade you to use one or the other, I’ll do a quick comparison of each & include a link so you can get started.
I’ll also include my affiliate links, but my opinion of each will not be impacted or swayed by them. In fact, just to prove that point? I’m not going to recommend Aweber as my absolute favorite, even though by far it’s would earn me the most affiliate revenue (it pays 30% ongoing, month after month, whereas I will earn absolutely nothing from mailchimp). These companies all make it really easy for people to promote their products -it’s a bit of a thorn in my side, because I know it causes you (and me) confusion when trying to make a decision about what the best tool really, really is for our business.
(from Free to $60+/month)
“Free forever” plan with MailChimp for up to 2000 subscribers with great features. But, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan to use the autoresponder feature (credits that never expire start at $9)
Great industry specific resource guides here that you may want to look at, regardless of which platform you use.
- Working with Automation
- Mailchimp for Designers
- Mailchimp for Musicians
- Mailchimp for Non Profits
- Mailchimp for Online Sellers
- Mailchimp for Bloggers
Aweber from $19/mo
Preferred by many. It has autoresponder and list segmentation starting at about $19/month
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Benchmark (from Free-$29/mo)
Free Forever plan (technically you can send your first 1,200,000 emails for free) Including Autoresponders
Active Campaign (from $9-$29/mo)
Scroll down below their pricing table to see the
free forever plan for up to 2500 subscribers(free version no longer available – 14 Day Trial instead)
Active Campaign is a serious contender with Infusion Soft. If you’re looking for automation & integration with your online store, social media and/or membership site, Active Campaign can provide you with a much smarter end user experience than simple newsletter software.
Take a tour through their workflows & experience a different way of nurturing your relationships with customers, that goes far beyond autoresponders.
Get Response (from $9.00/mo)
(I’ve pulled the links for get response currently because of some negative feedback I’ve been getting)
Free Plan lets you send up to 12,500 emails, and have 2500 contacts (if you have 200 people on your email list, send a message 2 -4 times a month you’d be fine for your first year in business. It’s a great way to start)
Emma (from $45/mo)
Automation, segmentation, social and a basic CRM tool
Agile CRM (from Free-$64.99/mo)
Leadscoring, timelines, tagging, web grabbers (like pop ups), drag and drop automation, various plugins, 2-Way Email & Tracking, Google Contacts & Cal Sync